Updates on the Predators and Blue Jackets, plus the latest on Raffi Torres, Derek Roy, Daniel Paille, Jack Skille and Magnus Paajarvi.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators depth at center could be a concern this season, as aging pivots Mike Ribeiro and Mike Fisher must prove they still have something left in the tank, while free-agent acquisition Cody Hodgson tries to get his NHL career back on track.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Sharks forward Raffi Torres claims his surgically repaired right knee feels good but he’s taking a cautious approaching when training camp opens this week. The injury caused Torres to miss all of last season.
THE WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals signed center Derek Roy to a professional tryout contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With first-line center Nicklas Backstrom’s return from offseason hip surgery still unknown, this is obviously an insurance move by the Capitals.
CSN CHICAGO: The Blackhawks invited forward Daniel Paille to training camp on a PTO. Paille could fill the spot vacated by the traded Joakim Nordstrom, who was sent to Carolina in Friday’s Kris Versteeg deal.
THE DENVER POST’s Mike Chambers reports UFA forward Jack Skille will likely attend Colorado Avalanche training camp on a PTO.
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: After spending much of last season in the minors, Blues forward Magnus Paajarvi is out to prove he’s still NHL-worthy.
NBC SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets have hired former player Fredrik Modin as an advisor, while Dan Hinote returns to the front office after taking off last season for family reasons.